Coaches

Alex Gibbs
Offensive Line Coach
Age:
73
College:
Davidson College
Hometown:
Morganton, N.C.
Experience:
23

Named to his position on February 4, 2010, Gibbs brings over 30 years of offensive knowledge to Seattle’s coaching staff. Gibbs comes to Seattle after two seasons as the Houston Texans assistant head coach/offense.

In his first season with the Texans, Gibbs had a profound influence on the offense in general and the offensive line in particular. Houston’s offense ranked third in the NFL, gaining a franchise-record 6,113 total yards. The line helped rookie running back Steve Slaton set a franchise record with 1,282 rushing yards, and Texans quarterbacks combined to throw for a team-record 4,474 yards while being sacked just 32 times.

Named to his position on February 4, 2010, Gibbs brings over 30 years of offensive knowledge to Seattle’s coaching staff. Gibbs comes to Seattle after two seasons as the Houston Texans assistant head coach/offense.

In his first season with the Texans, Gibbs had a profound influence on the offense in general and the offensive line in particular. Houston’s offense ranked third in the NFL, gaining a franchise-record 6,113 total yards. The line helped rookie running back Steve Slaton set a franchise record with 1,282 rushing yards, and Texans quarterbacks combined to throw for a team-record 4,474 yards while being sacked just 32 times.

Before joining the staff in Houston, he served as the assistant head coach/offensive line, as well as consultant, with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06. In 2004 the Falcons led the NFL in rushing for the first time in team history. They rushed for a team-record 2,672 yards, third highest rushing yards total in the NFL since 1990.

During the three seasons with Gibbs on staff in Atlanta, the team led the NFL in rushing with 8,157 yards. Atlanta was the only team over that three-year period to record a rushing average above five yards at 5.1.

Gibbs worked with Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who served as the offensive coordinator in Denver, from 1995-03. During their time together, the Broncos led the NFL in rushing with 20,150 yards. Denver finished second in total offense with 54,167 yards during their nine seasons together.

He spent 13 combined seasons (1984-1987 and 1995-2003) mentoring the offensive line with the Broncos, where he established several franchise records. He played an essential role with the Broncos during their back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the late 90s. The offensive line set numerous franchise records during his second tenure with Denver, including most total yards (6,554 in 2000), most first downs (383 in 2000), most rushing yards (2,468 in 1998) and most rushing touchdowns (32 in 1998).

From 1995-2000, Gibbs’ offensive lines did not allow more than 35 sacks in a season. And during that span center Tom Nalen went to four consecutive Pro Bowls; and in 1998, three Broncos offensive linemen were nominated to the Pro Bowl for their role in winning their second consecutive Pro Bowl and blocking for NFL MVP Terrell Davis, who rushed for over 2,000 yards.

His NFL career began with the Denver Broncos in 1984 and he helped the team make two straight Super Bowl appearances in 1986 and 1987. He continued on to coach in Kansas City, where he helped the Chiefs drop their sack total substantially from 48 in 1992 to 19 in 1994.

During his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts (1992) he experienced similar success and also helped the San Diego Chargers (1990-1991) to the second-best rush offense in the league in 1991. With the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1989) he coached guard Steve Wisniewski, who would earn eight trips to the Pro Bowl in his career.

Prior to his NFL experience, Gibbs spent 15 seasons as a college coach. He began in 1969 with Duke University as the defensive backs coach. He continued on to coach defensive backs at the University of Kentucky (1971-1972) and West Virginia University (1973-1974). He began coaching offensive lines at Ohio State (1975-1978), where he also served as offensive coordinator, and on to Auburn (1979-1981) and Georgia (1982-1983), before starting his NFL career.

Gibbs spent his playing days at Davidson College as a running back and defensive back. He earned his master’s degree from North Carolina in European History. He continued on to earn his E.D.D. from Auburn University.

Born in Morgantown, N.C. on February 22, 1941, Gibbs is married to wife, Trina, and has one daughter and four sons.

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